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Hangouts 4.0 for Android is finally here

Hangouts 4.0 for Android is finally here

Drop the pitchforks, Android users, because Google has finally released Hangouts 4.0 for your favorite Nexus, Galaxy, or other Android device. Following on more than a month from the Hangouts 4.0 for iPhone launch, the version for Google's own OS gets the fancy new Material Design UI to please the eyes, as well as a promised improvement in performance for those who were losing patience with the messaging client.

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Android Vulkan will actually make use of newer, more powerful phones

Android Vulkan will actually make use of newer, more powerful phones

This week the folks at Google behind developer support for Android have pushed for a much more optimized environment for 3D rendering. Not 3D printing - not anything having to do with creating real world objects - but 3D graphics. Inside Android, developers will now have access to a system called Vulkan, a method which lowers overhead and makes the graphics workload move to the graphics processor, where it should be. This opens up the CPU for quicker loads and better optimization of apps on the whole.

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BlackBerry Venice renders further fuel Android rumors

BlackBerry Venice renders further fuel Android rumors

BlackBerry has been rumored to be doing many things, but one rumor that just won't die. And that's BlackBerry making Android phones. While the Canadian tech company has just formally made a partnership with rival Android, that one revolved around software and enterprise environments, leaving the question of a BlackBerry Android smartphone still open. This latest info still falls under the realm of unofficial sources, of course, though it does seem to add just a bit of credence to the rumors by showing how software on the Android device would be like.

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Alcatel IDOL 3 4.7 handset arrives in US, Canada on Friday

Alcatel IDOL 3 4.7 handset arrives in US, Canada on Friday

Alcatel has announced that it will launch its new Alcatel IDOL 3 4.7 Android smartphone in the United States and Canada on Friday. The phone, despite having a budget price, has fairly decent specs, including Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and dual front-facing speakers coupled with JBL Audio. In addition, the phone sports a classy design befitting of a higher end smartphone, eschewing the common plastic and cheap appearance of many handsets that fall in the sub-$200 range.

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Galaxy S6 Edge Plus tipped to support optional keyboard accessory

Galaxy S6 Edge Plus tipped to support optional keyboard accessory

The leaks of images and info about Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and Galaxy Note 5 have been practically non-stop over the last few weeks, and with the official launch taking place later this week, there's no sign of them slowing down. One of the latest is actually of an interesting accessory for the S6 Edge Plus: a cover featuring a physical keyboard. This would be the first such accessory from Samsung for one of its devices, and it clearly draws comparisons to BlackBerrys, PDAs, and other devices of recent history.

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Certifi-gate uses Android remote support tools to cause harm

Certifi-gate uses Android remote support tools to cause harm

Just when you thought the nightmare might soon be over, another Android security vulnerability comes along to ruin your day. Fortunately, as scary as the name might sound, the Certifi-gate bug isn't as easy to catch, as it does require a certain number of factors to be in place. That said, given how users are quite prone to what is termed as "social engineering", or getting them to do things they shouldn't under normal circumstances, it might actually not be that hard to pull off.

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Android users can replace Google Now with Cortana

Android users can replace Google Now with Cortana

In terms of a third-party app achieving success on a smartphone platform, there's probably nothing better than getting set as the default application for a specific task, whether it's the browser, email client, or messaging service. That's why Microsoft has scored a big win with its latest beta of digital assistant Cortana for Android, as users can choose it over the built-in Google Now. This comes shortly after the initial beta rollout of Cortana for Android.

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Android One reboot could see ridiculously low prices

Android One reboot could see ridiculously low prices

You have to hand it to Google. It just doesn't know when to quit. Despite the lackluster performance of its sub $100 Android One project in developing markets, particularly in South and Southeast Asia, the search giant is still pushing forward, even if it has to slash prices down by half. According to a Google exec, the company is planning to relaunch the Android One program, where a primary focus is pulling down the prices even more, which could result in sub-$50 Android smartphones in India.

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Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge+ get revealing leaked photos again

Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge+ get revealing leaked photos again

We're this close to Samsung's Unpacked event so naturally everyone's trying to get last minute leaks and insider tips before they're all either invalidated or confirmed officially. This latest bit comes from China again, revealing the two upcoming smartphones in all their retail glory. Of course, we can't really be sure about their accuracy, but they do seem to match everything we've heard or seen so far. And sadly, they do also confirm some of what we've feared, at least for the Galaxy Note 5.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Plex app adds 4K support

NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Plex app adds 4K support

NVIDIA’s SHIELD Android TV console just became a little more appealing, at least for Plex faithfuls who prefer to stream their content in the highest quality possible. Today NVIDIA announced that the Plex software that comes pre-installed on its SHIELD Android TV console has been updated with new features, and among those new features is 4K-resolution streaming and HEVC (H.265) support. The app can be updated now through the SHIELD Android TV device by opening the software.

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Stagefright Detector App released for Android, warns if device is vulnerable

Stagefright Detector App released for Android, warns if device is vulnerable

With all the details coming out about Stagefright, the new Android vulnerability that could hijack your device, Android users are right to be concerned. While Google has released a patch, it's currently only available for Nexus devices. Almost everyone else is still at risk. Fortunately, the folks at Zimperium, the company that first discovered the Stagefright bug, have released the Stagefright Detector App to help keep users informed on whether their phone is still vulnerable.

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